A woman almost got away with smuggling a child in a suitcase Monday. Almost. — but when Air France passengers saw the child climb out of a carry on bag, they alerted the flight crew.
The woman was arrested upon arrival at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport Monday at the end of Flight 1871 that came from Istanbul, Air France said in a statement obtained by CNN Wednesday.
The woman was involved in a process to adopt a Haitian girl, according to multiple French media reports.
The child, who was traveling without a ticket, is between 2 and 4 years old, the Air France press office said. After spotting the child coming out of the bag, passengers alerted the cabin crew onboard Air France Flight 1891, according to the press office.
Air France said it “requested the presence of the French authorities on the flight’s arrival.” The carrier also added it “will fully cooperate with the ongoing investigation being conducted by the competent authorities.”
The woman has been detained by French police at the Paris airport, while the child remains in the care of French authorities, according to the Air France press office.